Common Questions About Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Below are some of the most common questions about treatment and the process around it. Please click on each section below to expand it for more information. If you have additional questions about something that has to do with our facility or treatment, please call 844-433-1101.

Getting Admitted
Q. What are your Outcomes?
A.  The New Jersey Division of Addiction Services determined that Discover’s Accelerated Chemical Treatment (ACT) program is “both cost effective ad clinically successful” with a completion rate of 90% and at the 6 month follow-up, 74.5 % of clients remained drug free. We feel that our experience and 40plus years’ experience makes us one of the best options for those who are seeking help for chemical dependency.

Q. I have mental health problems in addition to chemical dependency, can Discovery still help me?
A. Yes, Discovery is dual enhanced and can assist with many of the common mental health conditions associated with chemical dependency. Our physicians are certified by the American Society for Addiction Medicine and our clinical team is very capable in managing these conditions.

Q. How long is your program?
The length of time in treatment is based on a client’s individual need, and the progress he/she makes while in treatment. Discovery’s residential programs vary in length, and can be anywhere from a few weeks to six months. Our short-term residential program (ACT) ranges in length from a few weeks to three months, and our long-term residential program (LTC) ranges in length from four months to six months. Discovery’s Outpatient Program varies in length as well. Our traditional outpatient program offers sessions one to two times per week, and our intensive outpatient treatment is generally three times per week on average.

Q. How old do you have to be to get admitted?
Discovery offers residential and outpatient treatment to adults ages 18 years of age and older.

Q. Is transportation provided?
Transportation services are available for clients attending Discovery’s Outpatient programs. These services are accessible once you are admitted to this program.

Q. How do I pay for my treatment? What insurance do you accept?
A. Fees for treatment are determined on a sliding scale. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. We accept most major credit cards, and personal checks are accepted. If you are interested in completing an application for financial aid, you must provide financial documentation to our Finance Department for review. For more information, please contact our Admissions Department by calling 844-433-1101.

Q. Will I see a psychiatrist?
Many of our clients report feelings of depression or anxiety as a result of what they’ve experienced during their substance use. Discovery has a psychiatrist on staff who specializes in addictions. Our psychiatrist provides assessments as a part of the admissions and treatment processes to assess strengths and needs, and monitors the client on a regular basis throughout treatment. Medications are provided when needed.

Q. How do I get to Discovery Institute?
A. Discovery is easily accessible to the Garden State Parkway, Route 9, and Route 18. Our street address is: 80 Conover Road Marlboro, New Jersey 07746 Click here for directions to our facility.

Q. How can I get more information on Discovery?  How do I apply to this treatment program?
Our Admissions Department is available by phone every day from 8:30am to 10:00pm EST. Please call 844-433-1101. The Admissions Coordinators can answer your questions, help you through the admission process, or simply listen to your concerns. After our regular business hours, an answering service is provided. Click here to complete an application if state funding is needed.

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On Your First Day of Admission

Q. What is my first day going to be like?
Welcome to the Discovery Family! We hope to make your first day in treatment as simple and stress-free as possible. You will be greeted by the Admissions Team to complete your initial paperwork. You will also meet our nursing staff, who will complete a nursing assessment and physical examination. From there, you will meet our COD (Counselor on Duty) who will arrange your physical and property screening. You will be assigned a “Shadow” (a fellow resident who will guide you through the first few days of your treatment). You will get settled in your room, you will dine with your new peers, you will meet your Primary Counselor, and you will attend your first group(s). And all along the way, you will be greeted with a heartfelt compassion to help you heal.

Q. What should I bring?
While you are in treatment at Discovery, this is your home, and so we wish for you to be comfortable.  Please call our admissions department to get the Needs List for Inpatient Treatment for the items that you are, and are not, permitted to bring.  We ask that you not share your personal belongings with anyone else you meet in treatment.

Q. Can I bring my cell phone, laptop, or MP3 player?
 Electronics with WiFi capabilities are not permitted. Please consult an admissions cooridinator for approved devices by calling 844-433-1101.

Q. Do I need to bring my own linens? What about laundry?
You need not bring bed linens or laundry detergents.  Discovery provides bed linens and laundry facilities for you.  Please call for the Needs List for Inpatient Treatment for further information

Q. Where do my belongings go when I’m admitted?
On your day of admission, your personal belongings will be screened in your presence.  Discovery staff will look for any items that might threaten the safety of you, our residents and staff.  We will also look for contraband, paraphernalia, and any inappropriate or excess items that are not approved.  If you bring items that you are not permitted to have upon admission, they will be stored in a labeled box until you can arrange for a loved one to come retrieve those items.

Q. Will I receive urine tests and drug screenings while in treatment?
Yes. Every client receives a drug and alcohol screening on their day of admission. Discovery also conducts random urinalysis testing throughout treatment.

Q. Where do my belongings go when I successfully complete the program?
On day of discharge, your personal belongings will be returned to you.  If any items are left behind, you must arrange for an appointment to retrieve them within 7 days of your discharge.  If arrangements are not made your belongings will be donated.  Please understand that we will do our best to maintain security for the items left behind, but our agency is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.

While In Treatment

Q. What is a normal day like?
The days at Discovery are structured.  You will attend house meetings, primary group therapy, lectures, seminars, and self-help meetings.  You will also have privately scheduled appointments with your primary counselor.  You will have time to complete your chores, and you will have free time to relax, exercise, and socialize with your peers.

Q. What is the “Black-Out Period”?
Every client who enters our residential treatment program experiences a period of adjustment to treatment during which outside communication is limited.  The purpose of this time is to allow the client to adjust to the residential setting and focus on their reasons for being here without being distracted.  Discovery calls this period of adjustment a “Black-Out Period,” and it lasts 72 hours during residential treatment.  During that time, loved ones and family members can write letters for communication until you receive the opportunity to make phone calls.

Q. Can I smoke cigarettes? Are there cigarette breaks?
Yes, smoking cigarettes is permitted in designated areas. No chewing tobacco or cigars, etc.

Q. I have a pending court matter. May I go to court while I am in treatment?
In an effort to avoid interfering with clinical treatment, Discovery requests that all pending court matters be postponed until a client completes treatment.  We ask that you notify all courts of your entry into treatment.

About Families

Q. Can I talk to my loved ones while I’m in treatment?
Discovery encourages our clients to communicate with their loved ones via letters.  Our mailing address is:  P. O. Box 177 Marlboro, New Jersey 07746. To loved ones, please address the envelope directly to the client at the above address. Because the normal day is busy with clinical activities, there is not much time for personal phone calls. Clients who show progress in their treatment will earn the privilege of phone time, which is usually one time per week. There is a payphone available to our clients, and Discovery encourages the use of pre-paid phone cards.

Q. Can my loved ones visit me?
 Please click here to see Family Services Page.

Q. What is your Family Education Program?
 Please click here to see Family Services Page.

Q. Can my loved ones send me things?
Prior to admission, clients are provided The Needs List for Inpatient Treatment to prepare to bring their personal items.  However, if a client needs additional items after being admitted, they must first receive approval for the item from their primary counselor.  Approved personal items may be dropped off at our facility Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  Approved personal items may also be mailed via UPS, FedEx, or DHL to the client’s attention at: 80 Conover Road Marlboro, New Jersey 07746 Discovery asks that special gifts for celebrations, such as birthdays and holidays, not be sent while the client is in treatment, but be celebrated upon completion of treatment. The administrative office of Discovery Institute is closed for most major holidays. Please do not bring special gifts or personal belongings on those days.

Q. Can my loved ones get information about my treatment?
Discovery believes that information about a client’s treatment is most appropriately provided by the client directly, during a Family Session.  As Discovery adheres to state and federal confidentiality laws, information about a client’s treatment is not communicated to anyone, including loved ones, without the client’s authorization.

After Discharge

Q. Where will I go, and how will I get there?
Prior to your discharge, you and your primary counselor will work together on developing your Continuing Care Plan (CCP).  Among other things, this CCP will outline your aftercare treatment, your place of residence, and the first support meetings you plan to attend. Aftercare plans are determined by the progress you make in treatment, and the needs you expect to have once you complete treatment. This may include placement in a Halfway House, where you will gradually integrate back into society while still in treatment; or, placement in a sober living residence or back home with your loved ones, with attendance at an Outpatient Program. Transportation to Halfway Houses or sober living residences may be provided by Discovery only if a loved one is not able to provide transportation. Transportation back home with your loved ones is expected to be provided by your loved ones.

Q. How can I get copies of my medical records?
Clients will receive discharge forms upon completion.  In the event that you need additional treatment records, please contact our Medical Records Department at 844-433-1101 for further information.

Q. How can I stay in touch?
Discovery Institute welcomes the opportunity to speak with graduates and encourages them to reach out to our staff at all times.  Most importantly, graduates have succeeded in providing speaking engagements for current residents to motivate for the power of recovery.  We request that you call or make a formal appointment for this.  If you are interested in giving back to the organization, please contact the Marketing Department. Also see our link for The Giving Tree.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Joseph N. Ranieris D.O.

Dr. Joseph Ranieri D.O. earned his BS in Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1981 and His Doctorate Degree in Osteopathic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine Addiction Certification.